Saturday’s roundup by Imogen Russell Williams included a recmmendation for Laurence Anholt’s YA novel, The Hypnotist
Picture-book stalwart Laurence Anholt takes to YA like a duck to water with The Hypnotist (Random House). In America’s deep south of the 1960s, orphan Pip is hired as a farmhand by Mr Zachery. Pip is black, his employers are white – and the Ku Klux Klan are out in force. Only with the help of their neighbour Jack, a neurology professor and powerful hypnotist, can Pip and his friend Hannah hope to escape. Full of suspense and heartbreak, this is a powerful account of survival amid irrational, omnipresent hatred.